Mozilla has made the latest Firefox beta available for download on desktop and Android devices, touting multiple enhancements including more efficient memory use.
The Firefox 7 beta sees Mozilla pushing ahead with its rapid release cycle. Key features in the release include a reduction in the use of memory, as well as increased responsiveness, startup and page load times.
Nicholas Nethercote, a Mozilla developer, claimed that Firefox 7 generally uses 20 to 50 per cent less memory than Firefox 4, 5 and 6.
"Firefox 7's memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs," he said in a blog post.
"This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many web sites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts."
Mozilla has also included a web timing specification so that developers can identify site improvements by measuring page load times.
Firefox Sync has been enhanced, and now offers faster synchronisation of bookmarks and passwords.
Meanwhile, Firefox Beta for Android has been designed to use memory more efficiently. The portable browser can now restore sessions, and includes improved Firefox Sync functionality and the ability to copy and paste.
Khidr Suleman is a reporter at V3.co.uk, a role he has fulfilled since June 2010. He covers business hardware news and reviews, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, projectors and printers, as well as online applications.
Prior to joining V3.co.uk, Khidr worked as a freelance technology journalist. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.